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This is an auction for THE CROSSING OF ANTARCTICA by Sir Vivian Fuchs & Sir Edmund Hillary.

"The 1955-58 Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition completed the first overland crossing of Antarctica, via the South Pole. It was headed by British explorer Dr Vivian Fuchs, with Sir Edmund Hillary leading a supply support team. Over the summer of 1955-56 Fuchs sailed from London to Antarctica with the purpose of establishing Shackleton Base on the Weddell Sea, from which the trans-Antarctic expedition would begin. Fuchs set out in November 1957, with a twelve-man team travelling in tractors and Sno-Cats. In parallel, Hillary's team had set up Scott Base - which was to be Fuchs' final destination - on the opposite side of the continent at McMurdo Sound on the Ross Sea. Using converted Ferguson tractors, Hillary and his men were responsible for route-finding and laying a line of supply depots up the Skelton Glacier and across the Polar Plateau on towards the South Pole, for the use of Fuchs on the final leg of his journey. It was not originally intended that Hillary would travel as far as the South Pole, but when he had completed laying supply depots he continued south, reaching the Pole - where the US Amundsen-Scott Station had recently been established by air - on 3 January, 1958. Hillary's party was the third to reach the Pole overland. Hillary's arrival also marked the first time that land vehicles had ever reached the Pole. Fuchs' team reached the Pole from the opposite direction on 19th January 1958, where they met up with Hillary."

Hardback 1958.

338 pages.

Photographs throughout.

Some wear to the dust jacket. Otherwise, good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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